My husband has a strong type A personality and he is always stressed out! Early in our relationship I suggested he try a massage and, while he thought it was crazy, he was game. This was his first massage, and being a masculine guy he went for the deep tissue option. As we are sitting there waiting in the quite lounge area, out walks this massive muscular man heading right towards us. His biceps were so big his arms couldn’t lie flat against his body. He gets to us and asks for Marwan, who at this point, has fear in his eyes. Well Marwan feels that he can’t downgrade from a deep tissue at this point so he grudgingly goes through with the massage. An hour later, Marwan walks gingerly out of the room looking like he has PTSD. I, of course, was on the floor laughing as he recounted the details of his massage, including a supposed headlock! Despite this “battle” he went through, Marwan did say he felt much more relaxed that night and he still requests the deep tissue option!
Why am I telling you this, it’s Every Body Deserves a Massage Week! I mean, I really don’t need an excuse to get a massage, but I will certainly take one when handed it.
What is Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues to relieve pain and help mood. Your therapist can use different techniques to massage the soft tissue and relax tension. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture where the therapist applies physical pressure to specific areas of the body. This technique, along with massage therapy, can help relieve pain and stress.
Massage Therapy in Medicine
Massage therapy has been a part of medicine for thousands of years. The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, written more than 2500 years ago and considered the first book on Chinese medicine, includes information on Tuina, an ancient form of massage, and acupressure.
Many think a massage is just a lotion application on your back and neck with some scented oil and an inflated bill at the end. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Massages are proven to help with stress, relaxation, posture, pain, and overall health. We live in such a fast-paced, over-worked society and stress is truly killing us. We are constantly going and rarely stop to take time for ourselves.
Recent studies show benefits in patients being treated for cancer. I’m not saying it cures cancer, but it certainly helps control pain and mood. Gentle abdominal massages can also help with bloating and overall wellbeing in cancer patients. It also helps with anxiety and depression, as well as short-term and long-term pain.
So treat yourself and go book your massage now!